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Heather L.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Learn how to play violin from a teacher with 25 years experience
Learn how to be a well-rounded and versatile musician ready to perform in any setting. Students will learn tunes by ear, as well as how to read sheet music and chord charts. Classical playing techniques paired with Suzuki/Rolland hybrid encourages natural movement and comfort while playing. We can also explore improvisation, music theory, playing in bands, using effects pedals, looping, recording, and composition.
About Heather L.

I play violin, viola, cello and sing. Currently performing with Athas (Irish Traditional tunes & songs), Dairyland's Finest String Band (Old-Time & Blues), Brewtown Brewgrass (Bluegrass & Old-Time), and Blackthorn Folly (Trad tunes, Celtic Rock, & Pub Songs). I began studying fiddle styles in 1998 after getting involved with International folk dancing. My love of learning, mixed with a desire to travel & explore, has motivated me to attend hundreds of workshops and festivals to study the diverse cultures & fiddling styles of the world. I've been honored to learn from many amazing musicians in multiple genres and am excited to pass along the tunes and techniques that I've acquired along the way. I love playing for dancers. Past dance styles include Slovak, Contra, Square Dancing, Scottish, Renaissance Court, English Country, Ceili, Irish Set Dancing, & Improvisational. Feis musician (Irish dance competitions) & Feis Music Competition Adjudicator. I recently published an online guide for traditional Irish musicians interested in learning how to play for Irish dance competitions, called Musicians Guide to Feis. I offer private lessons on violin, viola & cello both online and in-person in the Milwaukee area at Family Music Center and Celtic MKE. I'm an instructor for the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music, and have taught workshops at venues around the country. Composing: I enjoy composing fiddle tunes, orchestral arrangements, songs, and poetry. Some of my fiddle tunes have become quite popular in sessions around the world. I also enjoy collaborating with other composers on new works of music. Recording experience: Experienced in-studio and remote recording session artist. Education: I graduated from Milwaukee High School of the Arts, then attended UW-Stevens Point to study Music Education, and later went on to earn degrees in Anthropology, American Indian Studies & Celtic Studies from UW-Milwaukee. Awards: Miscellaneous (Viola) Champion in the Adult division at the 2006 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil and went on to compete in the 2006 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Letterkenny, Ireland.Champion in the 2012 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Fiddle Slow Airs and competed in the 2012 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan, Ireland.

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Heather L.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Learn how to play violin from a teacher with 25 years experience
Learn how to be a well-rounded and versatile musician ready to perform in any setting. Students will learn tunes by ear, as well as how to read sheet music and chord charts. Classical playing techniques paired with Suzuki/Rolland hybrid encourages natural movement and comfort while playing. We can also explore improvisation, music theory, playing in bands, using effects pedals, looping, recording, and composition.
About Heather L.

I play violin, viola, cello and sing. Currently performing with Athas (Irish Traditional tunes & songs), Dairyland's Finest String Band (Old-Time & Blues), Brewtown Brewgrass (Bluegrass & Old-Time), and Blackthorn Folly (Trad tunes, Celtic Rock, & Pub Songs). I began studying fiddle styles in 1998 after getting involved with International folk dancing. My love of learning, mixed with a desire to travel & explore, has motivated me to attend hundreds of workshops and festivals to study the diverse cultures & fiddling styles of the world. I've been honored to learn from many amazing musicians in multiple genres and am excited to pass along the tunes and techniques that I've acquired along the way. I love playing for dancers. Past dance styles include Slovak, Contra, Square Dancing, Scottish, Renaissance Court, English Country, Ceili, Irish Set Dancing, & Improvisational. Feis musician (Irish dance competitions) & Feis Music Competition Adjudicator. I recently published an online guide for traditional Irish musicians interested in learning how to play for Irish dance competitions, called Musicians Guide to Feis. I offer private lessons on violin, viola & cello both online and in-person in the Milwaukee area at Family Music Center and Celtic MKE. I'm an instructor for the Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music, and have taught workshops at venues around the country. Composing: I enjoy composing fiddle tunes, orchestral arrangements, songs, and poetry. Some of my fiddle tunes have become quite popular in sessions around the world. I also enjoy collaborating with other composers on new works of music. Recording experience: Experienced in-studio and remote recording session artist. Education: I graduated from Milwaukee High School of the Arts, then attended UW-Stevens Point to study Music Education, and later went on to earn degrees in Anthropology, American Indian Studies & Celtic Studies from UW-Milwaukee. Awards: Miscellaneous (Viola) Champion in the Adult division at the 2006 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil and went on to compete in the 2006 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Letterkenny, Ireland.Champion in the 2012 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Fiddle Slow Airs and competed in the 2012 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan, Ireland.

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Teaching since 1998

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BA - Anthropology

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Teacher's Studio

Heather is a supportive and enthusiastic teacher across a wide range of musical genres. She has been an amazing instructor and guide in my goal to learn Irish fiddle after a long break from playing my violin.

Posted Jul 30, 2022
Teacher's Studio

I went to Heather to learn about composing Irish music and her knowledge on the topic was absolutely amazing. She explained to me in a very simple and concise way about how the traditional tunes are structured and really helped me take my composition to a whole new level. I absolutely plan to continue learning from her in the future.

Posted Jul 30, 2022
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I loved my cello lessons with Heather. I got to play in a few online recitals during the pandemic and had fun learning how to shift into higher positions

Posted Jul 30, 2022
Private Lesson Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present
Milwaukee Irish Fest School of Music
Fiddle teacher (violin, viola, cello)
Private Lesson Teacher
Jun 1999 - Present
Family Music Center
Private lesson teacher (violin, viola, cello, fiddle)
Violin Teacher
Aug 2015 - Jun 2017
Tamarack Waldorf School
Taught group violin lessons for Grades 4-8
Private Lesson Teacher (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Oct 1999 - Oct 2017
Brass Bell Music Store
Private Lesson Teacher (violin, viola, cello, fiddle)
Traveling Music teacher
Sep 1998 - Jan 2001
Milwaukee Public Schools
Taught private and group lessons (violin, viola, cello, bass) at 10 Milwaukee area schools weekly
BA - Anthropology
Jan 1994 - Jun 2005
UW- Milwaukee
Music Education
Aug 1991 - Dec 1993
UW- Stevens Point
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Celtic Studies
Jun 2005
UW- Milwaukee
Irish History Language & Culture with focus on Traditional Music
American Indian Studies
Jun 2005
UW- Milwaukee
Cultural geography & Ethnic studies with focus on Traditional music
Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Champion - Viola
May 2012
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Midwest Fleadh Cheoil Champion - Slow Airs
May 2006
Comhaltas Ceoltoírí Eireann
American String Teachers Association
Jan 2022
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
Jan 2005
Our non-profit organization is part of a global organization devoted to Irish traditional music and culture. Throughout the year, we sponsor a great number of events, celebrating the talents of our branch members as well as enjoying guest performers and teachers from other communities.

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Violin
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Teacher's Studio
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W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee WI
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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T
W
T
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S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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